Thor is a second-tier Marvel Comics hero. Unknown to many, but with the slew of superhero movies as of late – Marvel is digging deep. Thor thrusts a bit of Norse mythology into present day with the release of this film. Interesting concept, but everything starts falling apart at the story level. All of the characters are remiscient of todders with running around with big toys. It’s an insult to the true superhero movies out there.
The film tells the story of an arrogant warrior name Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Before he can become king of his homeworld Asgard, he becomes a bit too quick to initate war – thus upsetting his father and getting himself banashed to Earth. Thor is now without his greatest weapon – his hammer. Until he has become a true hero, he won’t be able to reclaim it. But with some help from Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and a few others, he may finally become deserving of his future.
On the Earth side of things Astrophysicist Jane Foster, her mentor Dr. Erik Sevig (Stellan Skarsgård), and quirky, nerdy sidekick Darcy (Kat Dennings) are investigating an atmospheric event which ultimately ends up being Thor being sent through a wormhole to Earth. From here, we flash back and forth between Earth and what’s going on in Thor’s absense on Asgard. The combinations of the two storylines seems like two separate movies to the viewer – such vastly different enviroments that it becomes difficult for the audience to take the film seriously.
I honestly couldn’t help but giggle through a large portion of this film. One can clearly see great movie inspirations being thrown into a pot and stirred up, however just throwing in a ton of good ingrediants doesn’t mean it’s going to work. A little Stargate, a hint of Lord Of The Rings, and maybe even a little Star Wars – good inspirations – but bad results.
Special features on the Blu-ray 3D release include director commentary, 7 featurettes, 11 deleted scenes, and more. It’s a nice set of extras for a rather lackluster film, but if you’re interested – it’s probably something you’d enjoy Netflixing more-so than buying.
Official Site: http://thor.marvel.com/
Review By: Emma Loggins